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No. 1 Illinois edges Iowa in OT



Published: Fri, January 21, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



Illini let a 13-point lead slip away before winning in overtime.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Luther Head scored 25 points, including a driving layup with 40 seconds remaining in overtime that sealed No. 1 Illinois' 73-68 win over No. 23 Iowa on Thursday night.

Head also grabbed six rebounds and had six steals as Illinois (19-0, 5-0 Big Ten) overcame its worst shooting night of the season and a late Iowa comeback. The Hawkeyes (13-4, 1-3) battled back from a 13-point deficit early in the second half and outscored Illinois 7-1 in the final 1:06 to force the extra period.

Greg Brunner's drive to the hoop tied the score at 65-65 with 3.8 seconds remaining and came after Dee Brown missed one of two free throws for the Illini. Brunner finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds.

The Illini hit only 33 percent from the field, going 22-for-67 and 6-of-28 from 3-point range.

Pierre Pierce led Iowa with 22 points, but missed a 3-pointer that would have tied the game with 5.6 seconds left in overtime.

Brown finished with 12 points and sealed the victory with two free throws in the final seconds.

San Francisco 73, No. 11 Gonzaga 70

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Bulldogs' Derek Raivio missed a game-tying 3-pointer with one second remaining.

Jerome Gumbs led the Dons (11-6) with 18 points. John Cox and Johnny Dukes each scored 12 points and Dommanic Ingerson had 10 for San Francisco.

Raivio led Gonzaga (13-4) with 20 points.

DePaul 85, No. 25 Marquette 72

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Sammy Mejia scored a career-high 26 points and DePaul used a tough defense and 21 offensive rebounds to beat Marquette.

Lorenzo Thompson added a career-high 17 points and Quemont Greer had 15 for the Blue Demons (11-4, 3-1 Conference USA).

Dameon Mason's 24 points paced Marquette (14-3, 2-2) in a rough and physical 100th meeting between the schools.

Marquette's leading scorer Travis Diener, who is averaging 20.8 points, managed just 15 against LeVar Seals, seven of those points coming in the final two minutes. Golden Eagles forward Steve Novak was limited to just five points, eight under his average, and was held without a 3-pointer for the first time in 33 games.




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